Jodi is a lifelong crafter. As a young girl she snuck paper doilies off the dinner table and hoarded tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls, straws, and the cardboard inserts that came in shirts, stockings, and gloves. Even then, she would transform her stash into paper plate clocks, and make paper straw necklaces with her friends for birthday parties!
This passion continued, and after graduating from RISD (where she studied painting) she found a perfect job in the Craft Department at Martha Stewart Living, where she worked for over 19 years. Jodi brought homemade paper clips on her very first job interview and to this day is known for her unique ability to transform everyday items into inspiring ideas. She has made an Elizabethan princess costume out of coffee filters, a parking garage for kids made entirely of toilet paper and paper towel tubes and cardboard boxes, and even her own wedding flowers made from crepe paper.
Jodi was part of the core team that created the highly esteemed Martha Stewart Kids and Martha Stewart Baby magazines, and became the Editorial Director of Kids. She contributed to Martha Stewart Living’s popular Crafts Dept. and Living blogs. She has appeared on The Today Show, MARTHA, NY1, CBS Morning Show, The View and others.
Jodi lives in Brooklyn with her husband Fred and two sons, Sammy and Lionel.
Amy Gropp Forbes
After graduating from Smith (in music), Amy worked in the art departments of Glamour and House Beautiful, studied at the French Culinary Institute, became the pastry chef at the trendy Matthew's in Manhattan, then a senior food editor at Martha Stewart Living. After the birth of her twin sons, Amy and her sister Lauren created and launched Mr. Tiny, a much loved kids' clothing line.
Amy lives with her husband Adam, her sons Owen and Oliver, and daughter Bea, in a Park Slope brownstone, where she produces her addictive blog, Eclectic Mom, filled with stunning, real life examples of her involvement in art and photography, cooking and crafts, family life and travel.